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Preservationist leads teams in repairing masonry on Norman buildings

Bob Yapp, a historic preservation expert, taught local residents how to make masonry repairs on historic buildings in workshops Friday and Saturday. Students made repairs under his supervision.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: November 20, 2012

— Deteriorated brick and mortar has been repaired on two buildings in the Downtown Norman Historic District, thanks to the efforts of nationally recognized preservation expert Bob Yapp and a team of willing workers.

Yapp led workshops Friday and Saturday. Two groups of about 12 participants each put their newly acquired skills to work, repairing damaged masonry on buildings in the 300 block of E Main Street.

Under Yapp's watchful eye, the workers removed damaged material, then mixed and re-pointed mortar to repair damage on the sides of the buildings, community planner Susan Atkinson said.

The workshops sponsored by the city's Historic District Commission were funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Interior's National Park Service, administered by the Oklahoma Historic Preservation Office.

Most of the participants were from Norman, although students interested in learning about historic preservation also came from Ponca City, Ardmore and Oklahoma City.

Yapp runs the Belvedere School for Historic Preservation in Hannibal, Mo., and has been involved in the rehabilitation of more than 150 endangered historic properties.


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